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Malhotra praises Wriddhi

Calcutta: Bengal coach Ashok Malhotra was all praise for Wriddhiman Saha after the stumper’s match-winning 26-ball 54 helped Kings XI Punjab chase down 206 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Wednesday’s IPL VII tie, in Hyderabad.

“I’ve always said that Wriddhi is a very talented player. As you can see, he’s a much-improved batsman now. His ability to improvise seems to be getting better day by day.

“He’s gradually turning into an impact player. Also, I would say that at present, he is the automatic choice for the India wicketkeeper’s slot in the absence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni,” Malhotra said.

Talking about the other Bengal players in the ongoing IPL, Malhotra commented: “(Mohammed) Shami appears a bit stale, maybe because he’s been playing on a continuous basis.

“(Ashok) Dinda has been a bit unlucky because it’s mainly at the death when he went for runs. Otherwise, I do feel he has put in a good effort.”

Meanwhile, the Bengal senior team and a squad chosen from CAB’s ‘Vision 2020’ may attend a camp in Bangalore this August and will also participate in the Buchi Babu Trophy and the KSCA-organised tournament, Malhotra said.